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A Brief History of CB Radios (Part Two)

Previously, we discussed the history of the Citizens Band (CB) radio. We discussed its humble beginnings in 1945 and how it became more popular as the radio systems began being more lighter and affordable near the end of the 1960s. In this second part, we will continue the history of CB radio in the United States.  

The 1970’s saw the boom of the CB radio hype. Becoming more popular with truckers following the 1973 oil crisis where the US imposed a nationwide speed limit of 55 mph, many truckers used CB radio to communicate with each other to warn for speed traps as well as organizing protests against these regulations.  

CB radio also made its way into pop culture in the late 70’s. From movies to songs, it became a phenomenon. There was even an action movie called Citizens Band (1977) and a TV show called CB Bears (1977) that truly cemented CB radio’s place in pop culture. The CB radio hype also inspired many country songs written by those like C.W. McCall and Johnny Cash. Even the First Lady of the United States, Betty Ford, had a CB system she used herself!  

We hope you found this history of the CB radio system interesting and let you appreciate your radio system a little bit more! At CB Radio Supply, we are here for all your radio needs and offer a wide range of customer service! Our free domestic US shipping and hassle-free returns is our guarantee you’ll be satisfied with your choices. Give us a call to speak with our expert staff today!  

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